1924-10-15 Steve Kid Sullivan w co 5 (15) Mike Ballerino, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA
1924-10-15 Steve Kid Sullivan w co 5 (15) Mike Ballerino, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - NY/NBA. Referee: Tommy Sheridan. Allowing the challenger to make all of the running in the opening rounds, Sullivan (129½) had a good look at Ballerino (129), realising that the latter could not keep that pace, and in the fifth round, as the latter stormed in, a right to the jaw put him down on all fours. Getting up too quickly, further right hands flattened the Filipino twice more in quick succession, the third time seeing him counted out on the 38 seconds mark. The docile Ballerino had been the favourite 24 hours prior to the fight taking place, but as the men were climbing into the ring the odds were as high as 3-1 on Sullivan scoring a knockout. This was strange to say the least, especially as Ballerino already held a win over Sullivan, and led to plenty of questions being asked following the contest.
A couple of months later, on 15 December, Ballerino (129) got the better of Sullivan (130½) at The Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when winning the ten-round press decision over his rival, a result that set up a return match for the title.